By Michael Barkun
What do alien craft believers, Christian millennialists, and right-wing conspiracy theorists have in universal? in line with Michael Barkun during this attention-grabbing but stressful booklet, rather a lot. it truly is renowned that a few americans are keen about conspiracies. The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma urban bombing, and the 2001 terrorist assaults have all generated problematic tales of hidden plots. what's a long way much less identified is the level to which conspiracist worldviews have lately develop into associated in unusual and unpredictable methods with different "fringe" notions equivalent to a trust in UFOs, Nostradamus, and the Illuminati. Unraveling the intense genealogies and variations of those more and more frequent rules, Barkun exhibits how this internet of city legends has unfold between subcultures on the net and during mass media, how a brand new form of conspiracy considering has lately arisen, and the way this phenomenon pertains to greater adjustments in American tradition. This booklet, written through a number one specialist at the topic, is the main complete and authoritative exam of latest American conspiracism to date.
Barkun discusses a variety of material-involving inner-earth caves, govt black helicopters, alien abductions, mystery New international Order cabals, and masses more-that few detect exists in our tradition. taking a look heavily on the manifestations of those rules in quite a lot of literature and resource fabric from non secular and political literature, to New Age and alien ship courses, to pop culture phenomena akin to The X-Files, and to web pages, radio courses, and extra, Barkun reveals that the USA is within the throes of an unmatched interval of millenarian job. His publication underscores the significance of figuring out why this phenomenon is now spreading into extra mainstream segments of yankee culture.
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A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) by Michael Barkun